Initial comment of mine: Well-crafted and sarcastic answer! Well done, sir!
A lack of nerd culture
Apology to the children
Let me first address the only relevant protest about Mr Hamill’s answer.
This is, of course, about the parents. Children have the right to stay innocent (at least for a while) until they must make their own decisions.
Note: and this while is rather short.
Look, for example at this very young lady, who let her school, sailed through the Atlantic, and spoke at the United Nations.
Greta Thunberg is her name, she is barely older than Ivanka’s kids and far more responsible.
Weirdly, the people who whine about Ivanka’s kids are the same that insult and threaten her (or not weird at all).
Shame on the parents
Then there are the parents:
Note: At that point, supporters of any of the two should stop reading.
They may have a few (wealthy) friends, but almost everyone else hate or despise them. I am only one in the crowd.
To nerds like me, they suffer from an incurable deficit of fan culture understanding.
In order to pretend using the reference she dared to use, you need to be a member of the brother/sisterhood.
They obviously aren’t!
Which side of the Force?
A lecture for Star Wars Ignorants
So, “The Force is strong in my family” is a line from “Return of the Jedi” in 1983
And the words are pronounced by Mark Hamill, who played “Luke Skywalker” (sorry to look like I’m lecturing, it’s just that some people seem a bit lost).
It would be wise to remind to you, Ms Kushner, that a stormtrooper disguise doesn’t qualify to represent the Force.
Your son would be a simple pawn (a clone, actually, as it appears further in the saga). Then, this pawn would be serving the wrong side of the Force, the dark one (#DetailsMatter).
Which makes you the mother of a clone who is a servant of the dark side. Was it your message?
It looks like an unintentional admission to me (and this is not kind to your own kids).
Funny and not so funny
Luke Skywalker is a character, while Mark Hamill is a true person.
For some reason, Mark know very well the Star War mythology (he was paid to learn it).
And, yes, he fully understands the subtility of her mistake.
However, he prefers a (far) more aggressive approach to answer to Ivanka.
Like if he wanted to make perfectly clear that he doesn’t like her nor what she represents (another one in the crowd).
Another comment was “The farce is strong in my family”.
A very exclusive club
I imagine that she intended this tweet to be for her close circle of friends, as a cute message from a model family.
But here is the mistake: Twitter is not a close circle group, reserved to a plutocratic elite, it’s a worldwide social media.
Nor is she a random person (she can take that as a compliment, at least she deserves this one).
To everyone out of her tiny privileged circle, this was not cute.
Anything coming from her will be perceived as offensive (she deserves this one, too).
Twitter doesn’t belong to you, nor the Star War mythology, Ms Ivana Marie Kushner-Trump. It’s one of the things you can’t afford.
Mark Hamill expressed it very simply: you are not a member of the club. I won’t invite you either.
A recommendation, however: if you decide to select a “Dark Side Character”, please do it the higher way.
Darth Maul is a far better option.